Encounters #6 Swallows – Andorinhas

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.” – William Shakespeare If it’s true that one swallow does not make a spring, as Aristotle already knew, does it then mean that many swallows do make summer? That should mean that wherever I go in Portugal, there’s eternal summer, for the swallows are everywhere. BlueContinue reading “Encounters #6 Swallows – Andorinhas”

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Thank you, obrigada, muchas gracias y merci beaucoup!

Times fly… and indeed times have flown! Weeks have passed since my last post, since I set off from the “End of the World”, O Cabo de São Vicente, towards the northeast, and since i packed bike and panniers away again, waiting for the next ‘expedition’.  It’s been a ‘Journey to Portugal’, with Saramago weighingContinue reading “Thank you, obrigada, muchas gracias y merci beaucoup!”

Encounters #5 Fernando Pessoa

“Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveller. What we see isn’t what we see but what we are.” Fernando Pessoa. By now it almost feels like I’ve met him personally. Travelling in Portugal, it seems hardly possible not to encounter this most iconic of Lisbon poets. Over the years, I’ve metContinue reading “Encounters #5 Fernando Pessoa”

From Reading to Riding

Times fly – never has it seemed more true to me. I had nowhere near finished reading all the books I wanted to read about Portugal, and had barely touched the surface of all the blogs there are to explore – about the country, adventuring and long distance cycling – when I found myself sittingContinue reading “From Reading to Riding”

Reading Countries: Journey to Portugal

All things going well, in exactly one month from today, I’ll be saddling up my trusted ‘Steppenwolf’ and start cycling. Viva Portugal, here we come! What better way to prepare for an upcoming journey, than to read about the destination? Not just travel books – novels, travelogues, short stories, crime fiction, anything goes… After aContinue reading “Reading Countries: Journey to Portugal”